Banned

I remember back when I lived in Palm Springs and I donated my book of poetry to the library. I’m pretty sure they rejected it. I never once saw it there. I understand the subject matter is raw. My mother was asking this local library, where I currently live about accepting books. They said it depends, because everyone self-publishes books nowadays. It needs to be approved.

Well, I was thinking about this actually. I do understand that not everyone is a great writer and poetry is an entity of its own. The great poets are few. Still poetry is the language of the people and everyone has the right to it.

Shall we discuss censorship and our public library? We have the right to choose what we read. We have the right to choose a self-published book to read even if it isn’t always written well, but let me tell you there’re some diamonds hiding in the piles of self- published books- if readers would think outside of the box of number one best sellers, and give them a chance!

Books banned from the library: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley, 1965 (Grove Press), In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1966, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925, etc.

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